The lost art of proofreading

May 17, 2014

A travel brochure discloses that half a meal will be included within the price of the trip. Would the meal be for a large or small person? A serviceman is killed in 1950 while serving in the Vietnam War. Wasn’t that war fought during the 1960s?

Ads are provided without a phone number or mailing address. One must secure a computer and secure Internet service to avail oneself of the offer. A regulated company’s monthly bill is so complicated that I have developed a fondness for the inabilities of Jethro Bodean of “The Beverly Hillbillies.”

The first part of a travel bill is gobbledygook presenting dates and factors not related to the trip booked. The person answering the phone inquiry stated, “That’s the way we do it.” Why?

Clarence M. Spicer



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